A FARMER is ready for both Halloween and the pumpkin picking season this October with the creation of a giant creepy crawlie to welcome visitors.

William Alderson, 28, is growing up to 10,000 pumpkins on his Hambleton farm in preparation for October 31.

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And to add some Halloween thrills to the pumpkin-picking experience, he's created a giant spider sculpture to delight - or terrify - visitors.

“We have about four and a half acres of pumpkins,” said Mr Alderson, who started the venture five-years-ago.

“People travel from all over the North-East to pick their own.

“When families arrive, they are given a wheelbarrow and they enter the pumpkin patch to go and pick what they want.

"It’s good for children to learn about growing things, and to get out in a field and get some fresh air and exercise.”

Pumpkins of all shapes and sizes are going on sale at weekends from Saturday, October 9 between 10am until 3pm, and every day from October 23 until Halloween.

Pumpkins range from £1.50 to £10 each and are at Atley Hill PYO Pumpkins, based at Mr Alderson’s farm - Scorton Road Farm at South Cowton, near Richmond.

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